I have always loved to see plants “trained” into small trees, especially when they are plants we don’t normally see grown as trees.
The buddleia or the butterfly bush is another one. In some states the buddleia is considered a invasive species (BBC) and they are trying to eradicate it. There some non-invasive hybrids available. Here are a few of our favorites:
The one in the picture is one of the newer Butterfly bush hybrids specially bred to “behave” and not grow out of bounds.
At the Garden Gate website, they have a nice tutorial with 4 steps and illustrations to walk you through the process of how to train a butterfly bush into a “standard” tree.
It’s lots of fun to explore training these plants into new shapes and trees. Continue reading at: